More teams lining up for Stanford Routt

AP

Rosenthal pointed out Friday that unexpected free-agent cornerback Stanford Routt will visit the Titans and Bills.

Other teams are interested, too.

Per Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com, Routt’s agent says that the Cowboys, Chiefs, and Vikings have reached out.

The Raiders cut Routt on Thursday to avoid a full guarantee of $5 million in base salary for 2012.  (Routt will still receive a $5 million fully guaranteed roster bonus in March.)

In the end, Routt received $15 million for one year, even though his deal was reported as having $20 million guaranteed.  (Amazingly, the erroneous characterization of Routt’s guaranteed money still appears in reports that have been published since his release, even though it should be obvious that the Raiders released him now in order to avoid paying money that supposedly was “guaranteed.”)

Still, it’s a good thing for Routt.  The placement of such an early trigger for the $5 million in fully guaranteed base salary gives Routt a ticket to market more than a month before the market even opened.  And that’s a brilliant move, since it forced the Raiders to pay or get off the pot with more than enough time for Routt to find a new home.

If, alternatively, Routt’s base salary had been non-guaranteed, the Raiders could have kept him throughout the offseason, squeezed him to take a pay cut in late August, cut him if he refused, and put him on the street long after the money dried up and/or the depth charts were set for 2012.

59 responses to “More teams lining up for Stanford Routt

  1. Here comes the “second guessing” of releasing the corner….it was done more to send a message to the overpaid somewhat underachieving players on the rosters.

    Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen are cleaning house.

  2. indyseriesnick says: Feb 11, 2012 9:25 AM

    Vikes would be a great fit
    They need help in the secondary

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    As a long-suffering Viking fan, I can safely say that this is the understatement of the year!

  3. I’d love the Queens to get him, but why on earth would he pick this mess over some of those other teams? Overpay, baby!

  4. The Bolts must get into the mix. Jammer’s best days are in the past. C’mon A.J. your on the hot seat act like you know what the hell is going on for a change.

  5. ever seen this guy play? he’s a total stiff. he gets burnt every time the ball is thrown his way. he is the most penalized db in the league. he has no instincts whatsoever. he was on the al davis scholarship, which has officially been revoked. thank goodness he’s gonna be someone else’s million dollar problem now.

  6. I guess some of you never saw him play…he is no elite or close to it maybe to some broke team that wishes for more penalties or someone to get burned on a continued basis..this guy was way over paid ..now the raiders need to lose chris johnson ..I would rather see the team struggle a bit as a result in rebuilding then have some mediocre players ..

  7. Amazing what not having Nmamdi on the other side does to a guys reputation. Still a good solid corner if any team can sign him for a lot less than what good old Al felt he was worth…

  8. This is way too funny this guy hits the market and teams are excited..hahahaha how sad…when a team cuts you that usually means that your not doing something right …in Routt case over paid and playing however he wanted to..

  9. Unless you have a total shutdown corner like a Revis – CBs are overrated. In today’s NFL it’s ALL about the pass rush. Give me Jason Pierre-Paul or Julies Peppers over a CB anyday.

  10. this shocks me..he’s P Buc Jr..17 PI penalties against him, burned constantly..he’s crap..Reggie looks smarter and smarter by the hour

  11. It happens with fans of all teams, but it still amazes me when people say how much a player sucks and they’re just awful, but if their team has a chance to get him, suddenly it’s a “must do” move!

  12. If you look at Reggies professional success he has no tolerance in getting a free bus pass and getting paid. he helped restructure Greenbay to what is its taken Al to pass and several coaches to get this nonsense stopped if he cut Routt that pretty much says your a risk and yours ways won’t change.

  13. tatum064 says:Feb 11, 2012 9:33 AM

    Here comes the “second guessing” of releasing the corner….it was done more to send a message to the overpaid somewhat underachieving players on the rosters.

    Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen are cleaning house.

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    Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen are a couple of rookies who have proved nothing yet and all they have accomplished so far is a severe downgrade of our offensive coaching staff and a salary dump of our best CB.

  14. Routt also has one of the lowest completion percentages against him in the league over the last two seasons. The penalties were out of whack with his career average this year and many were of the ticky-tack variety. Taking off the Silver & Black alone should cut that number in half.

    The guy can play. Certainly a top-10 caliber CB, just not worth $10 mil per.

  15. Raiders really going in the wrong direction. They throw away their future for a quarterback, they release their best DB, and they a first year coach. Good job.

  16. Hmmm…Folks are ALWAYS dogging the Raiders as “faiders”, garbage, or losers. But as soon as a Raider player is released, it seems every fan from every team is desperate to get him.

    Funny how that works.

  17. It happens every time. Media, Fans and other Teams knock a Raiders player while with the Raiders. They call them average or worse. But if released by the Raiders or they become a Free Agent Teams by the bunch line up to sell their Mamma and other Teams Fans Foam at the Mouth with the thought of getting them. You people make me laugh a bunch.

  18. Now you will find out if the refs have a bias toward the raiders. When this guy goes somewhere and has only 4 PI penalties then we will know……….

  19. As a Cowboys fan, we all know that of all the FA CB’s out there this is probably the guy to go after.

    Which means “Jerruh” will go get Carlos Rogers and overpay him into mediocrity so he can learn from the most overpaid, and mediocre corner in the league (Terence Newman).

  20. I’d rather see the Vikes not trade and take Claiborne at 3 instead of overpaying for Routt out of desperation. And I’m not even that hyped about Claiborne.

  21. It’s also funny how certain news outlets chastise the Raiders because they overpaid an (average at best) player, but turn right around and criticize them for letting go of that average player.

    Man…then try to dis the Raiders for giving the player the BEST scenario for getting with another ball club, but get this…that same “media outlet” tries to insinuate that the Raiders should have held Routt until late in the offseason to severely limit his chances of going to another ball club in time to be of use week one.

    Again…funny how that works.

  22. Soon everyone will see that Al Davis really didn’t overpay this guy. If he wanted to keep him he had to pay him.

    Someone is going to pay him.

  23. justwinbaby29 says: Feb 11, 2012 10:21 AM

    Unless you have a total shutdown corner like a Revis – CBs are overrated. In today’s NFL it’s ALL about the pass rush. Give me Jason Pierre-Paul or Julies Peppers over a CB anyday.

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    Oh really? If that’s all you need, then the Vikings should have done just fine with the DPOY Jared Allen. Sadly that was not the case.

  24. I wish him the best, but he did not help our team whatsoever……….he was undisciplined and vulnerable. I was sick when we let Namdi go and kept this guy, it was a terrible move. Now maybe Reggie/Dennis can right the ship!

  25. That’s a brilliant move Routt!

    Now only if you can cover without drawing a penalty!

    Don’t let the door hit you on the way out

  26. During a game this season, there was a clip of Raiders DB assistant coach Rod Woodson telling Routt, who had just made an interception, that he’s always telling him to turn his head and look for the ball. Six years in the league and this is what the CB is needing to be coached on?

    I really dont know what Routt’s hangup is, but while he was being paid at an elite level, he’s actually a below average corner. Probably has most to do with the fact that he was a track star in college and Al drafted him as a project after watching in run a 4.27/40 at the combine. Routt’s love was track… not football.

    For all those clammoring to land this guy… you obviously haven’t watched him play much. Regardless of who they choose to replace the CB, the Raiders got better by releasing him.

  27. Please Chiefs!!!!! Don’t sign this guy. Sign Carr he is way better and he is home grown. I can’t imagine signing a Raider anyway. He is already tarnished!!!!! Pass on this turd!!!!

  28. Please Chiefs!!!!! Don’t sign this guy. Sign Carr he is way better and he is home grown. I can’t imagine signing a Raider anyway. He is already tarnished!!!!! Pass on this turd!!!!

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    Yeah, it would never work for a Raider to go to the Chiefs. All Raiders are tarnished and would never succeed. What’s that? Marcus who? Never heard of him.

  29. Nice move. Overpaid and underperformed. Sends a good message. Maybe he can perform somewhere else at a starting level but I am glad to be rid of him.

  30. I like that the Raider’s fans are being honest with their feelings about this player, but there is something I think they forgot to consider – Routt is going FROM the Raiders not TO the Raiders.

    Just because a player is not great with one team doesn’t mean they won’t be great with another.

    Randy Moss, Raiders. Randy Moss.

    And believe me there are few people in Minnesota who didn’t Randy to stay and have Childress go. I’d still welcome him back for a third time.

  31. Nice move…wayyyy over paid for very little production! Limited ball skills, never looks for the ball! Was known to read receivers eyes? Is that even possible? I even saw a few games were he made the famous “business desicion”, and chose not to make a tackle! Say what you will, but I still miss Nnamdi! He never dodged a tackle! Oh well, see ya later Stanford…more money for Micheal Bush Baybee!!

  32. justwinbaby29 says:Feb 11, 2012 10:21 AM
    “Unless you have a total shutdown corner like a Revis – CBs are overrated. In today’s NFL it’s ALL about the pass rush. Give me Jason Pierre-Paul or Julies Peppers over a CB anyday”

    The vikings jared allen had 22 sacks last year…. it didn’t matter cause that secondary kept getting burned by Rodgers & Stafford.

  33. raiders always take care of their players….fact is unless someone is going to pay him 10 million plus per season, he could still resign w/ the raiders.

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